Bravery of journalists recognized

The journalists being honored at CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards in New York on November 24 include the Zone 9 bloggers who were charged with terrorism in Ethiopia over their work; Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who risks being imprisoned for lampooning authorities; Cándido Figueredo Ruíz, a Paraguayan reporter under police protection after receiving death threats; and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, an independent Syrian news group reporting from the region taken by militants the Islamic State.
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Blog   |   Internet, Security, USA

Save Crypto: CPJ joins call for Obama to back strong encryption

The Committee to Protect Journalists has signed a petition organized by digital rights groups Access and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, urging President Barack Obama to publicly commit the U.S. to a policy of supporting strong encryption. Since the Save Crypto petition's launch on September 29, it has gathered nearly 18,000 signatures, including about 30 from press freedom and digital rights groups.

October 2, 2015 5:12 PM ET


Press Releases   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia

As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Blog   |   Internet, Security, USA

Has White House finally got the message about strong encryption? Welcome shift seen in speeches and policy memo

The west wing of the White House in July. The Obama administration is debating whether to support stronger encryption. (Geoffrey King/CPJ)

Yesterday, during a panel on encryption policy hosted by Just Security, an online forum covering national security law and policy, top U.S. intelligence lawyer Robert S. Litt pressed the case for engineering backdoors in encryption without undermining computer security as a whole. As CPJ has documented, leading security and policy experts consider this impossible.

Press Releases   |   Peru

Journalist murder haunts career of Peruvian presidential aspirant

Daniel Urresti charged in the 1988 killing of reporter Hugo Bustíos

New York, September 17, 2015--Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, Daniel Urresti Elera--a presidential candidate for the ruling Nationalist Party--has been charged with his murder and is currently on trial. A new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists, titled "Peru's Urresti has eyes on presidency despite being charged in 1988 journalist murder," traces the circumstances of the emblematic case and the implications of the ongoing trial in the fight against impunity in journalist murders.

September 17, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Alerts   |   Brazil

CPJ calls on authorities to release imprisoned Brazilian blogger

São Paulo, September 15, 2015--A Brazilian blogger who has spent more than two months in jail in connection with a 2011 criminal defamation conviction should be released immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

September 15, 2015 4:53 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Colombia

Colombian journalist shot to death in Huila state

Bogotá, Colombia, September 11, 2015--A Colombian journalist was shot dead on Thursday in front of the radio station where she worked, according to news reports. Flor Alba Núñez Vargas had received threats in connection with her reporting, a local journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Alerts   |   Ecuador

Press freedom group Fundamedios fears closure over Ecuadoran government pressure

Bogotá, Colombia, September 9, 2015--Fundamedios, Ecuador's only independent press freedom organization, will likely be forced to close amid allegations by the government that it has transformed into a political organization critical of President Rafael Correa's administration, according to news reports.

September 9, 2015 4:21 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Venezuela

Regional court orders Venezuela to reinstate RCTV on the air

New York, September 8, 2015--A recent ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordering Venezuela to reinstate the broadcasting license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, sets an important precedent for freedom of expression in the hemisphere, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. RCTV has been confined to cable and satellite since being forced off the air in 2007.

September 8, 2015 4:35 PM ET

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Blog   |   Ecuador

Firing of critical newspaper editor raises concern in Ecuador

When the Quito daily El Comercio was sold in December to a Latin America media tycoon known for avoiding editorial conflict, press freedom advocates feared the newspaper would soften its coverage of the Ecuadoran government. Those concerns have now increased with last month’s firing of Martín Pallares, one of El Comercio’s most prominent journalists and a fierce government critic.

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